Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #194

Located along U.S. Highway 395, at the south edge of Carson City.

Gardener's Ranch

On this site in the period from 1870 until 1918 stood the ornate, two-story home of Matthew Culbertson Gardner, rancher and lumberman. The residence was headquarters for Gardner's 300- acre ranch in meadows to the southwest.

Here was located, 1870-1898, the Carson-Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company's large lumberyard. During the 1870's and 1880's, Gardner logged south of Lake Tahoe for the company and built the only standard-gauge logging railroad in the Tahoe Basin. He maintained his home here.

Gardner died in 1908. The residence was destroyed by a fire August 20, 1918. Many of the old trees on the grounds once shaded the Gardner family.

Notes on this marker:

Right in front of the US Forest Service building.

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